Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes

Isiah Holmes is a journalist and videographer, and a lifelong resident of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His writing has been featured in Urban Milwaukee, Isthmus, Milwaukee Stories, Milwaukee Neighborhood News Services, Pontiac Tribune, the Progressive Magazine, Al Jazeera, and other outlets.

Protesters gather in Kenosha the second night of protests on August 24th, 2020. This was before the clashes with police later that night. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

DOJ makes moves in Blake case as lawsuit filed against pro-Trump militas

By: - September 23, 2020

The fallout from the Jacob Blake shooting continues to affect the city of Kenosha. On Sept. 22, Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced that former Madison Police Chief Nobel Wray will conduct a review of the investigative files, which will then go to Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Gravely. From there, Gravely will render a […]

A poster depicting Christopher Davis. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Mother of Christopher Davis continues seeking justice for son killed in botched drug bust

By: - September 23, 2020

“My kids call me every day,” Doretha Lock told Wisconsin Examiner, recalling the day that her son, 21-year-old Christopher Davis, was killed by police in Walworth County. Although he’d called to check in, Lock could tell something wasn’t right. As she listened for any clues which may be hidden in the background noise, Davis told […]

Protesters with The People's Revolution stand outside Wauwatosa City Hall. The words "long live the revolution" was chalked on the ground. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD use a variety of tactics against The People’s Revolution protesters

By: - September 18, 2020

Since August, the Wauwatosa Police Department (WPD) has deployed a variety of tactics against a group of Black Lives Matter protesters known as The People’s Revolution (TPR), in its efforts to more aggressively police the demonstrations in the suburb. These include laying spike strips in the road to halt car caravans, mailing protesters $1,300 citations […]

John Larry, chair of the ad hoc committee, sits in the Common Council chamber of Wauwatosa City Hall. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Chair reacts to Wauwatosa police union’s call to disband social justice committee

By: - September 17, 2020

John Larry, chair of Wauwatosa’s Ad Hoc Committee on Policing and Systemic Inequalities, did not hear about the Wauwatosa Peace Officer Association’s (WPOA) attack on his character and on the committee itself, until days after the police union issued its statement. “What the president of this police organization attempted to do was taint my character […]

Wisconsin dairy cows in large animal feeding operation

Oconto County manure spill released 790,000 gallons of waste

By: - September 17, 2020

In July, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) responded to a manure spill near the village of Pulaski, in Oconto County. At the time, it was known that the spill entered the Little Suamico River, though exactly how much contamination entered the waterway remained  to be determined. Brian Hanson, a DNR agricultural runoff specialist, recently […]

DNR PFAS Graphic

Deer liver found to have high levels of PFAS

By: - September 17, 2020

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has released a report on its examination of the liver of a deer, which was found to have high levels of PFAS (per- and polyfluroalkyl substances). As a result, the DNR and Department of Health Services (DHS) have issued a Do Not Eat advisory for the liver of deer […]

Wauwatosa Police Chief Barry Weber. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD charges high fees for lawyer’s records requests

By: - September 15, 2020

“I definitely think that they are doing things that are very intentional to impede our investigation,” Kimberly Motley, a lawyer representing the families of three people killed by a single Wauwatosa police officer, told Wisconsin Examiner. It’s been months since Motley, and her colleague Deja Vishny first filed a slew of open records requests to […]

Kenosha law enforcement form up with riot shields, long rifles, and armored vehicles. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Activists describe detention for protesting in Kenosha

By: - September 14, 2020

As the National Guard leaves Kenosha and the area’s curfew comes to an end, things appear to be finally calming down in the city. The past weeks of riots, standoffs with police and large-scale protests over the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer have left many lingering questions. Particularly concerning to activists […]

Wauwatosa Police Department squad cars responding during a standoff with protesters on July 7, 2020. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Tosa PD don’t plan to investigate ‘Whites for Wauwatosa’ letter

By: - September 3, 2020

Letters from a group calling itself “Whites for Wauwatosa” showed up in the mailboxes of residents who posted yard signs outside their homes in the Milwaukee suburb. The signs say “For Sale, Unless Politicians Keep Tosa Safe (Paid for by Tosa Taxpayers fed up with Mayor and City Council).” Residents who placed the signs outside […]

A display made in Civic Park, Kenosha, after the protests, unrest, and shootings that occurred in late 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Kenosha activists remain focused on Blake shooting following Trump visit

By: - September 3, 2020

National Guard soldiers and scores of police officers waited behind the large black security gates surrounding the Kenosha city hall, looking on as a crowd of protesters gathered in Civic Park. President Donald Trump had just completed his controversial visit to the city, which has experienced massive protests and unrest since the shooting of Jacob […]

Protesters marching and gathering in Milwaukee during the first day of demonstrations. (Photo by Isiah Holmes)

Are Milwaukee-area police shooting investigations truly independent?

By: - September 2, 2020

After the shooting of Jacob Blake by Kenosha police, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that there would be an independent investigation. “The statute in Wisconsin demands, quite appropriately, that an independent investigative agency does all the investigative work in this case,” said on August 26. Blake’s shooting will be investigated by the Wisconsin […]

Signs hung near the front line of the stand off between police and protesters in Kenosha on August 24, 2020. (Photo | Isiah Holmes)

Kenosha activist taken by police in unmarked vehicle

By: - August 27, 2020

Activists in Kenosha were panicked when they first learned that Adelana Akindes, a 25-year-old local organizer, was taken by law enforcement personnel during the evening hours of Aug. 26. There had been a surge by the National Guard and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) into the city. Although Gov. Tony Evers rejected Department of […]